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Subject: Western Australia Bug
Location: western australia
January 12, 2016 7:23 am
Just saw one of these little guys in my living room and wife got panicked…
couldn’t find anything similar on-line… initial thought was that it is a centipede or a small scorpion.
would love to know what it is, as we already stumbled across them in the yard, and if it is poisonous or not.
cheers
Signature: creepy insect terrorize

Earwig

Earwig

This is an Earwig and you have no cause for alarm.  You may read about Australian Earwigs on Bunyipco where it states:  “Earwig biology can be complex. Females of some species look after the eggs and young. Males have pinchers that are larger than those of the females that are probably used in male combat. Although earwigs live in tight places, the chances of one entering a persons ear while sleeping at night, are very slight. But it can happen!  Briefly there are 85 described Australian species in seven families. It is estimated that three times that number probably exist on the continent. Australia is a hotspot for earwigs but generic endemism is low with only about 10% of the genera endemic to the continent.”  According to the Queensland Museum:  “Earwigs are easily identified by the stout pair of pincers at the tip of the abdomen. These are used to capture prey, for defense and also to help fold up the semicircular hindwings under the short, hard wing covers. Some species are predatory, others are herbivorous. They live in concealed places during the day.”

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Subject: What is this bug ?
Location: Bathroom
January 10, 2016 7:59 pm
I have been seeing these bugs in my bathroom and it is freaking me out since I have a two year old can you tell me what it is ?
Signature: Taryn mcdermott

Ring-Legged Earwig

Ring-Legged Earwig

Dear Taryn,
We believe this earwig is a Ring-Legged Earwig,
Euborellia annulipes.  According to BugGuide, it is:  “A voracious predator, it will also eat all kinds of plant material, though rarely bothers with live plants” and “Not uncommon in homes and gardens, though often displaced by other species, esp. the European Earwig. Whatever damage it does to crops like lettuce and strawberries is usually more than made up for by destroying small slugs, caterpillars, termites, and many other pests.”  Earwigs may pinch with their forceps, but they are not considered a threat to humans.

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Subject: Found this in my house plant
Location: Junction City Oregon
January 4, 2016 5:20 pm
I found this in my house plant that I’ve had for 6 years I have no idea what it is it seems to have some sort of cocoon or pod next to it
Signature: Ms Doyal

Earwig

Earwig

Dear Ms Doyal,
This sure looks like an Earwig to us.  They tend to take shelter in enclosed areas like the crown of this plant.

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Subject: Fuzzy earwig???
Location: Tampa, fl
December 7, 2015 8:42 am
Hello! I saw this little guy in my lawn this morning. We live on a lake in Tampa, Florida (in case area is relevant). Didn’t move the whole time I observed it. Looks like an earwig wearing a fur coat!
Signature: Sarah

Earwig with Fungus Infestation

Earwig with Fungus Infestation

Dear Sarah,
Many creatures, including Flies, Wasps, Lady Beetles and Spiders are attacked by Fungus.  Your Earwig appears to have succumb to a fungus infection.

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Subject: Weird BUG
Location: Alabama
November 17, 2015 9:32 am
Hello, I found this weird looking bug in my bathroom sink this morning ! I’ve seen it in the kitchen , in my room .. Everywhere ! Could you please tell me what it is!
Signature: Tatyana

Ringlegged Earwig

Ringlegged Earwig

Dear Tatyana,
Though your image lacks critical sharpness, we are relatively certain we have properly identified your creature as a Ringlegged Earwig,
Euborellia annulipes, based on this image posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: Garage key-pad-loving bug. Help!
Location: Nebraska
August 20, 2015 8:11 pm
To whom it may concern,
This kind of bug has been very attracted to (and is somehow crawling into) our garage keypad box. Whenever I open it and see one (or two or three) I knock them off but more come back! What kind of bug is this? It freaks me out to open my own garage, so I would greatly appreciate the help!
Signature: Thank you!

Earwig

Earwig

This is an Earwig and though they can be an annoyance, they are basically benign.  Earwigs often seek small enclosures within which to congregate.

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